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Which Dark-eyed Junco?

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This might be one of the Oregon subspecies (there are several, contrary to what most field guides show), or the cismontanus subspecies (aka Cassiar Junco), or it might be an odd female Slate-colored. Or it could be one of the many intergrades between all these things.

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Agree with psweet about how blurred the Junco scenario can be. That said, it looks most like a Oregon to me, although there does appear to be too much brown on its head. Think its body is too brown to be a Cassiar or a female Slate-colored but it is a 'messy' looking bird so it could easily be some kind of hybrid type.

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I guess I had good reason to be curious. And now I wonder why eBird doesn't have a separate entry for Oregon... Thanks as always for all the great input.

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There are two reasons why you might not see a separate entry for Oregon Junco. First, it's bound to be a rarity in your region -- it is in Illinois. So if you don't tell it to show rarities, it won't show up. Second, you have to actively tell e-bird to show subspecies.

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